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Lawmakers Hear President Say He's Ready To Go It Alone

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 4:00am

Members of the House and Senate sit and listen and often applaud the presidential State of the Union, but when it's done many members crowd the microphones in Statuary Hall to oppose the chief executive's vision.

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Obama Proposes Ambitious Agenda In Address To Nation

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 4:00am

President Obama delivered his State of the Union speech with enthusiasm Tuesday night. Facing a Congress that has often frustrated him, the president offered a list of proposals they could pass — and a series of plans he could enact if they don't.

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Farmers Face New Ag Policy In Compromise Farm Bill

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 4:00am

It's been a long time coming but the House is expected to vote Wednesday on a farm bill. Because so much of the spending in the measure depends on enrollment in programs like food stamps, it's hard to know if it will save taxpayers money.

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5 Things We Learned From The President's Speech

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 1:34am

Much of what was in President Obama's fifth State of the Union address was signaled in the days leading into the speech. Even so, there were a few revealing moments.

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Inside The State Of The Union: What The President Proposed

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 1:23am

After a long spell of partisan trench warfare and gridlock, President Obama called for "a year of action" Tuesday. The changes he pitched were relatively modest, but he promised to move forward with or without the help of Congress.

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From Establishment To Tea Party, Republicans Rebut President

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 11:38pm

Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who delivered the official GOP response Tuesday evening, didn't have the spotlight to herself — there were also three other Republican rebuttals.

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Transcript: Obama's State Of The Union Address As Prepared For Delivery

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 8:33pm

President Obama's State of the Union address as prepared for delivery on Jan. 28, 2014.

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Transcript: Obama's State Of The Union Address As Prepared For Delivery

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 8:33pm

President Obama's State of the Union address as prepared for delivery on Feb. 28, 2014.

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House GOP Leaders Begin To Move On Immigration

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 3:00pm

While the Senate passed an immigration overhaul last June, the House has done nothing so far because of resistance from many of its Republican members. That could change soon, as GOP leadership is floating general ideas for possible legislation.

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Obama Seeks Minimum Wage Hike With Mic And Pen

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 3:00pm

President Obama will renew his call for a higher minimum wage in his State of the Union address. But while he waits for Congress to act on that request, Obama also plans to order a higher minimum wage for all government contractors.

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Hoping For Hope: Obama Seeks A Return To Optimism In Address

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 3:00pm

On Tuesday night, President Obama will lay out his priorities before Congress and, more importantly, the country at large. NPR's national political correspondent, Mara Liasson, speaks with Audie Cornish about what the president hopes to accomplish with this year's State of the Union.

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On Obama's Agenda: Immigration, Inequality And Unfinished Business

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 3:00pm

Ahead of the State of the Union, Robert Siegel sits down with White House press secretary Jay Carney. They discuss President Obama's plans for Tuesday night's address to Congress and millions of Americans.

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Top Moments In State Of The Union History

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 12:34pm

When was the first State of the Union delivered? Did every president give one? Who delivered the "Four Freedoms" speech? Find out here.

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Top Moments In State Of The Union History

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 12:34pm

When was the first State of the Union delivered? Did every president give one? Who delivered the "Four Freedoms" speech? Find out here.

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What The Early State Of The Union Broadcasts Looked Like

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 11:08am

The first State of the Union message was delivered by none other than George Washington. The first to be broadcast on TV? That was Harry Truman's address in 1947.

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Obama's State Of The Union, Playing On A Second Screen Near You

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:58am

The Obama administration is flooding just about every major social media platform in its major digital push before — and during — the State of the Union address.

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Obama's State Of The Union, Playing On A Second Screen Near You

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:58am

The Obama administration is flooding just about every major social media platform in its major digital push before — and during — the State of the Union address.

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New Orleans' Former Mayor Ray Nagin In Court For Corruption

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:46am

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is on trial, facing federal bribery charges. Host Michel Martin speaks with New Orleans reporter Eileen Fleming about the case, and the controversial man at the center of the storm.

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One Way Lawmakers Are Trying To Prevent Government IT Disasters

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 9:51am

HealthCare.gov's launch problems inspired legislation aimed at ending a cycle of costly federal IT failures. The measure would create a Digital Government Office charged with reviewing and guiding major IT projects and boost competition for contracts.

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One Way Lawmakers Are Trying To Prevent Government IT Disasters

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 9:51am

HealthCare.gov's launch problems inspired legislation aimed at ending a cycle of costly federal IT failures. The measure would create a Digital Government Office charged with reviewing and guiding major IT projects and boost competition for contracts.

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